Two soldiers have died after the car they were in hit a tree near an Army base.

The 23-year-old driver of a Seat Leon died along with a 20-year-old woman passenger on a road at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire Police said.

A force spokesman said no other vehicles were involved in the collision on Leyburn Road, near the entrance to Catterick Golf Club, at 8.05pm yesterday.

He said: "A black Seat Leon car left the road and collided with a tree. Both occupants tragically died as a result of the collision.

"The driver, a 23-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene and the passenger, a 20-year-old woman, was taken by ambulance to Darlington Memorial Hospital where she later died.

"Both are serving Army personnel based locally. Relatives have been informed but we are not in a position to identify them at this time."

The road remained closed until 1.50am on Sunday while the scene was investigated by the police and the vehicle recovered.